What advice should I be giving to clients who come to the clinic with new puppies?
Each new puppy visit should be the start of a lifelong relationship between you and your new patient and its owner. As we educate pet owners to turn to their veterinarians for help with behavior problems, we need to educate ourselves about how to answer their questions regarding these problems—from the mundane to the more serious issues.
GENERAL ADVICE FOR NEW PUPPY OWNERS
Regardless of whether this is the first pet in the house or the 20th, there are some general recommendations applicable to any pet owner and new puppy.
1. Make sure clients bring puppies in for an examination as soon as possible. A puppy that is sick, even if the illness is minor, will not adjust as well to a new home as a healthy puppy. In addition, owners often discover that the angelic pet they thought they adopted is much more of a little devil once it is feeling better.